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Town of Otis Employment Application



Town of Otis


 Employment Application



Town of Otis




The Town of Otis seeks applicants for a full-time laborer/equipment operator position with the Highway Department. CDL Class B, with 2B hoisting license preferred.  A full job description and application are available on our website at or by contacting the Administrator’s Office.


Please submit an employment application to the Town of Otis, ATTN: Town Administrator, P.O. Box 237, 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA  01253.  For more information contact the Highway Superintendent at (413) 269-0106.  Position will remain open until filled.





Town of Otis, Massachusetts

Job Description

Position Title: Laborer/Equipment Operator Grade Level: III
Department Highway Date:
Reports to: Highway Superintendent FLSA Status Non-Exempt


Statement of Duties:  The employee is responsible for the provision of skilled and un-skilled manual and non-manual labor including but not limited to digging ditches, patching streets, building and ground maintenance and the overall completion of Public Works department projects.  The employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.


Supervision Required: The employee works under the general supervision of the Highway Superintendent. The employee is familiar with the work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently with specific instruction.  The supervisor provides additional, specific instruction for new, difficult or unusual assignments, including suggested work methods.  The employee is expected to recognize instances which are out of the ordinary and which do not fall within existing instructions; the employee is then expected to seek advice and further instructions.  Reviews and checks of the employee’s work are applied to an extent sufficient to keep the supervisor aware of progress, and to insure that completed work and methods used are technically accurate and that instructions are being followed.


Supervisory Responsibility:  The employee is not responsible for the regular supervision of other Town employees.


Confidentiality:  In accordance with the State Public Records law, the employee does not have regular access to confidential information.


Accountability:  Consequences of errors or poor judgment may include missed deadlines, adverse public relations, labor/material costs, jeopardize programs, personal injury, and/or danger to public safety.


Judgment:  Numerous standardized practices, procedures, or general instructions govern the work and in some cases, may require additional interpretation.  Judgment is needed to locate, select and apply the most pertinent practice, procedure, regulation or guideline.


Complexity:  The work consists of a variety of duties which generally follow standardized practices, procedures, regulations or guidelines.  The sequence of work and/or the procedures followed vary according to the nature of the transaction and/or the information involved, or sought, in a particular situation.


Work Environment:  The nature of duties may involve continuous presence of unpleasant or irritating elements, such as considerable noise, odors, chemical fumes, traffic, dust, smoke, heat, cold, oil, dirt or grease.  Work is continually performed outdoors, regardless of weather conditions.  May be required to be on call for 24/7 basis, 365 days per year.




Nature and Purpose of Public Contact:  Relationships are primarily with co-workers incidental to the purpose of the work involving giving and receiving factual information about the work.  Ordinary courtesy and tact is required.  Contacts with the public may be required on an occasional basis.


Occupational Risk:  Essential functions regularly present potential risk of injury to the employee that could result in loss of time from work, permanent disability, or loss of life.  Examples of personal injury include burns from chemicals or fire, severe muscular strains from working with heavy material or department equipment.  Special safety precautions, training, or protective clothing such as gowns, coats, gloves, glasses, hard hats, or safety boots is required.


Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


  1. Performs a variety of skilled and non-skilled manual work as assigned to repair and maintain municipal roadways, facilities and infrastructures. Duties include, but are not limited to:  carpentry, snow plowing and sanding, patching roads, cleaning catch basins, preparing and maintaining sports fields, and removing debris.  Performs manual labor incidental to the work of operating assigned department equipment.
  2. Operates a variety of light and heavy motor equipment, including but not limited to: dump trucks, sanders, snow plows, bulldozer, compactor, front-end loader, and backhoe.  Services and maintains trucks and equipment.
  3. Operates and maintains a variety of power and hand tools including but not limited to jackhammer, chipper, and chainsaw.
  4. Performs highway construction and maintenance projects including building, repairing, and patching streets, drainage ditches, sidewalks, repairing and cleaning catch basins, repairing guard rails, building fences and signs; trimming and mowing grass, removal of trees and shrubs as well as the installation and maintenance of road signs.
  5. Assists with beaver trapping, concrete work and the maintenance of buildings.
  6. Participates in department’s snow and ice removal operations.
  7. Attends training seminars regarding the safe and proper use of department equipment and vehicles.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:  Must have a High School diploma or equivalent, and three to five (3-5) years of experience in vehicle and equipment operation as used in the maintenance and repair of municipal roadways; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Special Requirements:  A candidate for this position must have a valid Class B Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License with a 2B hoisting license. Ability to obtain certification as Roadway Flagger. The employee may be required to participate in the Town’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.



Knowledge, Abilities and Skill


Knowledge:  Working knowledge of the safe and effective operation of Highway Department equipment, machinery, vehicles, hand and power tools; working knowledge of department safety practices regarding the use of department vehicles and equipment.


Abilities:  Ability to follow written and oral directions in a safe and timely manner; ability to pay careful attention to details, and to perform physically demanding work under extreme or adverse weather conditions for long periods of time.  Ability to interact effectively with co-workers.  Ability to recognize unsafe working conditions to ensure that appropriate safety precautions are taken to ensure personal safety.


Skills: Proficient fine motor and mechanical skills required to operate department hand and power tools and equipment used to carry out the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner. Proficient oral communication skill.


Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Demands: Work requires moderate intermittent physical strength and effort daily, such as lifting, pulling, pushing, standing or walking for extended periods of time often under adverse weather conditions.  A great deal of physical effort must be exerted at this level.  Travel, particularly during adverse weather conditions and troublesome road conditions required.


Motor Skills: Essential functions involve close hand and eye coordination and physical dexterity.  Manipulation and motor control under conditions which may require extreme accuracy may be critical.  The manual skills required are comparable to those which might be needed to operate  highway department hand and power equipment and vehicles.


Visual Demands:  The employee is routinely required to read documents for general understanding and rarely for analytical purposes or to determine color differences.





The Town of Otis Police Department is accepting applications for the position of part-time police officer. We are looking for officers who can fill in periodically on a part-time basis, and also for road details, special events, and emergencies. Applicants must be a graduate of the MPTC Basic Recruit OR Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy and have a current CPR and First Responder certification.  Applicants must also be at least 21 years of age with a valid MA Driver’s License and a MA Class A License to Carry Permit. An employment application and a complete job description can be obtained on our website Please return application, resume, letter of interest, copies of all certifications, and 2 letters of recommendation to: Dan T. Hamill, Chief of Police, Otis Police Dept., 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA 01253,  Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please. Town of Otis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 Patrolman Job Description 




Town of Otis

The Town of Otis seeks a responsible and experienced law enforcement professional for the position of Police Chief. The position is a full time, benefitted, non-civil service position. Applicants must be certified as a police officer by the MA Municipal Police Training Council or be able to obtain certification if from out of state. This is a working Chief position with both patrol and administrative duties. The successful candidate must possess a proven record of community and organizational leadership; outstanding executive management skills; have thorough knowledge of police administration; support 21st century policing principles; successful experience implementing community policing programs and; expertise in effective community relations and customer service programs. The preferred candidate will have ten years of progressively responsible experience as a certified police officer with a minimum of five years command or supervisory experience. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume, and application to: Town Administrator, 1 North Main Road, P.O. Box 237, Otis, MA 01253 or via email to: Otis is an equal opportunity employer. Position will remain open until filled.

Employment Application

Position Title: Chief of Police Grade Level: VI
Department Police Department Date:
Reports to: Town Administrator/Board of Selectmen FLSA Status:


Statement of Duties:  The Chief of Police is the chief administrative and law enforcement officer of the Otis Police Department in accordance with M.G.L. c.41, section 97A responsible for the administration and supervision of the Police Department and to work with all citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community involvement. The position is a non-union work environment and includes short and long-term planning, administration, staffing, rules and regulations within the Department and for the enforcement of all laws and by-laws within the Town of Otis’s legal jurisdiction.  The employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.


Supervision Required:  Under the administrative direction of the Board of Selectmen, working from state and federal laws and municipal policies and objectives and in accordance with local, state and federal regulations, the employee establishes short and long-range plans and objectives for a major department of the Town; establishes Department and employee performance standards and assumes direct accountability for department results. Consults with the Town Administrator and Board of Selectmen where clarification, interpretation, or exception to municipal policy may be required. The employee exercises responsibility in the development of department operating and capital budgets and the recruitment and training of employees. The employee is expected to resolve all conflicts, which arise and coordinate with others as necessary.


Supervisory Responsibility:  The employee is accountable for the direction and success of the Police Department’s programs and services as accomplished through others. The employee is responsible for analyzing department goals and objectives, determining the various work operations needed to achieve them, estimating the financial and staff resources required, allocating the available funds and staff, reporting periodically on the achievement and status of the department’s objectives; and recommending new goals and objectives as necessary. The employee determines the department’s organizational structure operating guidelines and work operations; formulates, prepares and defends budget and manpower requests and accounts for the effective use of funds and staff provided; coordinates program efforts within the unit and with other departments; delegates authority to subordinate supervisors and holds them responsible for the performance of their unit’s work; reviews work in terms of accomplishment of program objectives and progress reports, approves standards establishing quality and quantity of work; in addition the employee is responsible for the provision of personnel services including recommending hiring, training and disciplining of employees.


The employee supervises a major department of the Town consisting of four to six (4 to 6) full and part-time employees. Work operations are subject to frequent, abrupt, and unexpected changes in deadlines, volume of work, sudden emergencies, and goals due to uncontrollable or unpredictable circumstances.  Large numbers of employees are physically separated for substantial portions of time due to multiple work shifts or concurrent work.


Confidentiality:  The employee has regular access at the departmental level to a wide variety of confidential information, including official personnel files, CORI records, client or department records, collective bargaining, criminal investigations, and court records.


Judgment:  Guidelines only provide limited guidance for performing the work. They may be in the form of administrative or organizational policies, general principles, legislation or directives that pertain to a specific department or functional area. Extensive judgment and ingenuity are required to develop new or adapt existing methods and approaches for accomplishing objectives or to deal with new or unusual requirements within the limits of established guidelines, laws (state or federal), regulations or policies. The employee is recognized as the department’s authority in interpreting the guidelines, in determining how they should be applied, and in developing operating policies.


Complexity:  The work consists of the practical application of a variety of concepts, practices and specialized techniques relating to a professional or technical field. Assignments typically involve evaluation and interpretation of factors, conditions or unusual circumstances; inspecting, testing or evaluating compliance with established standards or criteria; gathering, analyzing and evaluating facts or data using specialized fact finding techniques; or determining the methods to accomplish the work.


Work Environment:  The work performed requires a high degree of individual tolerance to combinations of extremely unpleasant elements, or mental stress from constant conflicting urgent time and attention demands of the utmost priority. The nature of the physical environment may be such that the employee’s personal well being and/or safety may be compromised. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to emergency situations or to attend meetings on a 24/7 basis, 365 days per year.


Public Contact:  Employee has constant interaction with local, State, and Federal government officials, community leaders and any other individuals to protect and promote government relations and the municipality’s overall interest.  Employees must possess a high degree of diplomacy and judgment. Duties require a well-developed sense of strategy and timing in representing the municipality effectively in critical and important situations that may influence the well being of the municipality.


Accountability:  Duties include department level responsibility for technical processes, service delivery, contribution to municipal wide plans and objectives, and fiscal responsibility for the department including buildings, equipment and staffing utilization. Consequences of errors, missed deadlines or poor judgment could severely jeopardize department programs or services, have adverse public relations, personal injury, extensive financial and/or legal repercussions to the Town, and danger to public health/safety.


Occupational Risk: Duties may involve exposure to hazardous life threatening conditions conditions. Job duties may entail the possibility for serious personal injury or exposure to conditions that could result in total permanent disability or loss of life such as when restraining violent persons. For example, danger of physical attack or work during extreme weather conditions. Extreme care and safety precautions are required at all times in order to prevent personal injury.


Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


  1. Plans, coordinates, controls, observes, enforces and directs the provision of police law enforcement operations, issuance of Department-owned firearms and necessary equipment, as well as the development of the department’s organization structure including staffing in order to enforce all laws which the Department or its officers have the authority to execute including emergency management, Homeland Security and in accordance with the town’s personnel bylaw.
  2. Performs active patrol related duties that encompass all of the duties of a patrol officer.
  3. Organizes, directs and controls all resources to establish a daily routine and tasks for all personnel of the Department including the most effective utilization of all department resources.
  4. Responsible for indentifying, evaluating, and managing the risks and hazards impacting public safety and the quality of life in the community.
  5. Provides and oversees the department’s organizational structure and employee performance of all department staff including professional development, discipline, crime prevention, suppression of crime, community policing as well as maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of all department personnel.
  6. Oversees training requirements and success as implemented by the Sergeant.
  7. Prepares and coordinates the presentation of the department’s annual operating budget; directs the implementation of the departments’ budget; plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment including maintenance needs as communicated by the Sergeant, and controls the expenditures of the department within annual budgeted appropriations.
  8. Reviews, administers, and develops the department’s operating and capital budget plans to insure adequate and timely replacement and/or repair of department capital equipment.
  9. Responds to incidents and ensures command at the scene of emergencies in accordance with department polices; National Incident Command System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS).
  10. Oversees and maintains and controls access to police department records, statistical data, evidence and property control.
  11. Represents the Town at various local and/or state ceremonial events.
  12. Communicates with and attends public events as requested by various local organizations, service clubs and civic groups.
  13. Initiates the investigations of alleged or apparent misconduct by Department personnel as required.
  14. Reviews search and arrest warrants; appears and testifies as a witness in an official proceeding to assist the department’s role in the judicial and administrative process.
  15. Oversees the design and implementation of the department’s community relations, press releases, relations with the media, and community policing programs; attends related meetings as required.
  16. Provides information and reports regarding the police department’s activities and operations as may be required by competent authority and for the Department’s relations with local citizens, the local government and other related agencies.
  17. Conducts independent research and prepares various reports for local, state and federal authorities as required regarding department operations; ensures for the safekeeping and accountability of criminal evidence and recovered property and is responsible for maintaining the chain of custody for evidence and property in accordance with Massachusetts General Law and Department policies and procedures.
  18. Coordinates and cooperates with State and federal law enforcement authorities such as the State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security as necessary.
  19. Responsible for communication with the public, media, local, state, and federal officials relating to all activities of the department; coordinates with other local, state, and federal agencies as situations dictate.
  20. Establishes a routine of daily duties to be performed by police officers as designated by the Police Chief and designate an officer to assume command of the Department (as per command protocol) in his/her temporary absence; ensures that all members of the department have available to them copies of the Department’s Rules, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures.
  21. Promulgates all General, Personnel, and Special Orders of the Department and issues orders, written and oral consistent with the powers, duties and responsibilities of the Police Chief position.
  22. Informs himself/herself of the affairs of the department including the analysis of reports, statistics, professional journals and other information to recognize trends and develop response measures to be assured that the duties and responsibilities of subordinates are being properly discharged.
  23. Exercises general supervision and inspection of all public places within the Town and causes the laws and ordinances concerning them to be obeyed. Performs arrests and arrest related activities including evidence and property management, the creation of appropriate records, and record preparation.
  24. Ensures that all department personnel are kept abreast of new statutes or changes in existing laws, techniques, methods of safety and other developments in the field of law enforcement.
  25. Serves as the custodian of all funds collected, evidence, and personal property submitted to the police department.
  26. Prepares and administers grants awarded to the Police Department
  27. Serves as the Town’s Emergency Management Director and on the Emergency management Committee in Otis and in cooperation with neighboring towns.





Minimum Qualifications:


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field; more than ten (10) years of experience in the law enforcement field with at least five (5) years experience at a command or supervisory level; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Special Requirements:

Valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator License

First Aid/CPR/First Responder and Defib Certification (AED)

MPTC Certification as a Massachusetts police officer or Certification of equivalent training from another state.

Massachusetts Class A License to carry firearms

Must reside within 20 miles of the Town of Otis line

Prior to employment must complete physical and psychological tests and a full background check, including criminal history.

Attendance and completion of the Executive Development Series for Police Commanders (MPI) within one (1) year of hire date


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill


Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of pertinent Mass. General Laws pertaining to the provision of municipal law enforcement services, knowledge of Police Reform policies and practices, Town By-laws, federal, constitutional, and statutory laws as well as the principles and practices of modern police administration and law enforcement methods and techniques (i.e. community policing etc); extensive knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated and the use of police records and their application to police administration; thorough knowledge of statutes and ordinances relating to law enforcement; the ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of a large number of subordinates performing varied operations connected with police and emergency medical activities.  Working knowledge of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  Working knowledge of budgeting, personnel management, fleet management, facility management, and occupational risk management.  Knowledge of hardware and software technology in support of department operations and administration including the Internet. Comprehensive knowledge of the community, its character and its expectations for the Police Department; knowledge of the layout and geography of the community.


Abilities:  Ability to supervise subordinates and delegate authority as required in a positive and effective manner and to delegate authority efficiently; ability to establish and maintain harmonious and productive working relationships and maintain discipline and morale with employees; maintain effective working relationships with town officials, town departments, local, county, state, and federal law enforcement officials, and the public; ability to plan, assign, direct and review the work of subordinates and to direct large scale operations of personnel and equipment making sound judgments under stressful life-threatening situations; ability to deal with disgruntled members of the public in a diplomatic and effective manner and to deescalate violent situations and combative individuals.  Ability to perform the duties and functions of a police officer including the operation of firearms in a safe and accurate manner and to operate department equipment including motor vehicles in emergency situations under adverse weather and/or road conditions. Ability to exercise sound judgment and to enforce laws and regulations in an impartial manner often under emergency, life threatening situations.


Skill: Proficient oral and written communication skills.  Effective leadership, supervisory and personal computer software skills in support of department operations.  Effective budgetary personnel management skills.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

The Police Chief must be a working chief performing all patrol related duties. Work involves frequent and recurring assignments requiring strenuous effort and endurance or quick reflexes to perform the work, such as lifting and carrying on a continuous basis for extended periods of time, or regular travel on foot or bicycle over rough terrain or barriers, or the potential need to subdue or restrain violent persons or animals.


Motor Skills: 

Duties may involve close hand and eye coordination and physical dexterity. Manipulation and motor control under conditions that may require extreme accuracy may be critical. The manual skills required are comparable to those which might be needed to safely operate emergency vehicles at high rates of speed, to fire a gun and to restrain violent persons.


Visual Skills:  Visual demands require the employee to constantly read documents and personal computers for general understanding and analytical purposes, as well as to review non-written materials such as maps or blue prints. Ability to safely discharge firearms. Employee is required to determine color differences.




Town Hall, One North Main Road, P.O. Box 237

Otis, Massachusetts 01253-0237

(413) 269-0100 s Facsimile (413) 269-0104



The Town of Otis is looking to fill the following vacancies.  These are volunteer positions.


Celebration Committee Term expires 06/30/22

Council on Aging Term expires 6/30/23

Technology Committee Term expires 6/30/22